from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A knowledge or love of or taste for fine objects of art.
- n. Objects of art, especially fine antique objets d'art, considered as a group.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Knowledge of the fine arts
- n. objets d'art collectively
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A love of the fine arts; a taste for curiosities.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A word used chiefly in the phrase article of virtu, an object interesting for its precious material, fine or curious workmanship, antiquity, rarity, or the like, such as gems, medals,enamels,etc.: usually an object of some quality of art which appeals to fancy or to a curious taste.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. artistic quality
- n. objet d'art collectively (especially fine antiques)
- n. love of or taste for fine objects of art
Italian virtù, virtue, virtu, from Latin virtūs, excellence, virtue; see virtue.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)